Discovery Of Arsenal In Truck At Local VA Leads To Changes

The discovery of nine handguns, magazines, and nearly 6,000 rounds of ammunition in an employee’s truck outside of a local VA hospital has led to some changes in procedures.

An electronic sign went up this week at the Temple VA in a move to educate patients and staff about laws that don't allow weapons on federal property. (Photo by Rachel Cox)

TEMPLE (November 7, 2013)—An electronic sign went up this week at the Temple VA in a move to educate patients and staff about laws that don't allow weapons on federal property.

The discovery of guns and ammunition in an employee’s truck and the earlier suicide of a patient who carried a gun into the facility and shot himself prompted a recent safety and security review of the entire campus. 

Representatives of the central VA office did the assessment and finished up this week.

VA Chief of Police Thomas Carnes said the recommendations haven't been released yet, but said when they are they will be implemented.


 

TEMPLE (November 7, 2013) Police at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center in Temple are still investigating after authorities discovered nine handguns, more than 5,800 rounds of ammunition, magazines and a knife in an employee’s truck that was parked illegally outside the medical facility.

An investigative report obtained by News 10 through the federal Freedom of Information Act details the weapons found on Oct. 2 inside a silver Honda truck that was in a no parking zone on Teague Place Road behind building #202.

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Police contacted the owner of the truck after an officer spotted several boxes of ammunition on the rear seat, and he gave officers permission to search the vehicle.

"He admitted to the ammo being his, but was unsure if any weapons were present," the officer said in the report.

The man’s name was redacted from the documents released to News 10.

The search turned up a Smith and Wesson Air Lite .357 revolver with a laser grip, a S&W .45 APC Thunder Ranch revolver with a sure fire flash light, a Colt Army special .38 revolver, a S&W DA .45 revolver model 1917, a S&W .45 revolver model 1950, a Browning 9 mm semi-automatic pistol with magazine, a Makarov 9 mm semi-automatic pistol with magazine, a Hecklre and Koch semi-automatic 9 mm with magazine, and a S&W .45 revolver model 1989.

Officers also found 5,883 rounds of various brands and calibers of ammunition and a Karshaw knife with a 5.25 inch blade.

The weapons and ammunition were seized and stored as evidence and the truck’s owner was cited for possession of a firearm on federal property and for possession of ammunition on federal property.

On Thursday Central Texas Veterans Health Care System Public Affairs Officer Deborah Meyer said the man involved in the incident is now a former employee of the Temple VA.

Meyer could not say if the incident was the reason for his termination of employment, but did confirm the weapons were confiscated and he was given citations.

Meyer said the incident led to the implementation of unspecified procedures at the Temple VA Hospital campus.


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